Pittsburgh’s Oakland Neighborhood: Education and Innovation

Mention “Oakland” in most parts of the U.S. and people will think of the large California port city. Not so in Western Pennsylvania. Here, people identify “Oakland” primarily as the neighborhood at the forefront of Pittsburgh’s academic and healthcare renaissance.
Home to three nationally-ranked universities, the University of Pittsburgh, Carlow University, and Carnegie Mellon University (technically part of neighboring Squirrel Hill, but just over the border), Oakland’s predominant landmark is the University of Pittsburgh’s 42-story Cathedral of Learning—the tallest educational building in the Western Hemisphere. Be sure to venture inside the Cathedral to view its enormous Commons Room (the four-story, nearly .5 acre room looks like something out of Harry Potter) and tour its 31 Nationality Rooms, all of which were “designed to represent the culture of various ethnic groups that settled in Allegheny County.” The rooms are particularly festive when decorated for the winter holidays, so stop in then if you can. Keep in mind, however, that the vast majority of the Nationality Rooms serve as functional classrooms, so touring is limited to weekends and other times when school is not in session.
While the Cathedral of Learning might be the easiest landmark to spot, it is only one of many architectural wonders in Oakland. Both the neo-Gothic Heinz Memorial Chapel (one of the most in-demand wedding venues in Pittsburgh) and Soldiers & Sailors Museum and Memorial Hall (paying tribute to American veterans from all branches of service) are also on the University of Pittsburgh’s campus, each less than a block away from the Cathedral.
Also nearby are the stunning Carnegie Museum Buildings, including the renowned Museum of Art (don’t miss the tremendous archive of Teenie Harris photographs) and the Museum of Natural History (the original skeleton of Dippy, one of the world’s most famous dinosaurs, has been on display there since the completion of the 1907 expansion required to house it!). A statue of Dippy stands outside the complex—sometimes sporting a scarf for winter, or dressed to support Pittsburgh sports teams—a sure sign that you’re in the right place. The historic 1,900 seat Carnegie Music Hall and the main branch of the Carnegie Library complete the Carnegie Museum complex, portions of which date back to 1895.
Across the street from both the Carnegie Library and the Cathedral of Learning is Schenley Plaza, which features gardens, the Victorian-style PNC Carousel (open mid-April through mid-October), and The Porch, a popular restaurant featuring seasonal, local food with a rooftop garden and beehives (be sure to try the wood-fired pizzas).
Continue along Schenley Drive into the 456-acre Schenley Park to Flagstaff Hill, known for its movies in the park (shown at dusk throughout the summer) as well as the Carnegie Mellon Buggy race (held each April—this year celebrates the race’s 100th anniversary). The park is also home to the Phipps Conservatory, one of the greenest buildings in the world, as well as one of the most lovely, with exhibits that change frequently (the winter flower show and light garden is a must-see). The adjoining Café Phipps is a good spot for a reasonably-priced light lunch, with numerous vegetarian options.
Other top restaurants in the area include Spice Island Tea House, a longtime favorite for Southeast Asian food, Mount Everest Sushi for fresh sushi and poke bowls, and Butterjoint for burgers and cocktails. For dessert, follow the scent of homemade waffle cones to Dave & Andy’s for unique and absolutely delicious ice cream. Check for festivals, too, such as St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral’s Greek Food Fest (the 2020 event will be held May 3-9), for excellent food and entertainment.
The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center has numerous offices and hospitals in Oakland, including UPMC Presbyterian and UPMC Montefiore, both closely affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. In addition, UPMC has announced plans to build a new heart and transplant hospital on the UPMC Presbyterian campus. Magee-Womens Hospital (where approximately 45% of all births in Allegheny County take place) and Western Psychiatric Hospital are also in the neighborhood.
In an area known for education and innovation, it’s no surprise to find high-quality coworking spaces such as Avenu, “just a moment’s walk from the invaluable resources at Pitt, CMU and UPMC and geared toward university-affiliated innovators and entrepreneurs.” With flexible leasing options, and an outstanding reputation for hosting start-ups, Avenu provides a suitable work environment for everyone from students to established business owners.
With all that Pittsburgh’s Oakland has to offer, it’s only a matter of time before even those living outside of Western Pennsylvania recognize the name.
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Written by: Kim Pierson
for CoeoSpace

CoeoSpace Enables Brokers and Companies to Find and Visit Space Remotely

Find, tour, and book space on-demand—without ever leaving the office. 

PITTSBURGH, March 12, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ – As companies begin to implement travel restrictions, decision makers could have a tough time locating new Commercial Real Estate space, negotiating upcoming lease expiration dates, or finalizing transaction. CoeoSpace’s revolutionary free marketplace has developed a solution that will enable the industry to continue deal progression virtually.  
The novel platform for office, co-working, flex, and industrial space was designed to allow users to both find space through its scientific matching algorithms and view virtual tours of many of the available properties. But co-founders Kim Ford and Sheila Matuscak, industry veterans with over 50 years of Commercial Real Estate brokerage experience between them, realized that they now have the opportunity to provide clients with even more. Starting this week, CoeoSpace will offer the opportunity for live remote tours of the properties on its platform. While CoeoSpace has always allowed clients to request in-person tours of their properties, they will now allow users to request a remote tour—conducted live from anywhere in the country.  
“It’s simple,” explains Ms. Ford, “the listing representative receives the request for a live remote tour instead of the traditional method of meeting the prospect at the buildingBoth parties are sent a meeting link provided by CoeoSpace’s team and the leasing representative uses his or her personal smartphone to show the space in real-time.” Even more than a traditional virtual tour, this will allow users to customize the experience, gaining access to the specific information that’s important to them: if they wish to see the view from the office windows, or to evaluate the lighting in the parking garage, they can see it, in the moment, almost as if they were there in person. 
This solution is not just a response to the current state of affairs, it’s about the future of the industry, making data and information more accessible. Both Ms. Ford and Ms. Matuscak have worked through downturns in the economy before and they want to help the industry continue to thrive. With brokers and landlords adding new spaces daily all over the country, the software development team at CoeoSpace is suggesting that they be proactive. They recommend creating a virtual tour or taking a video of vacant spaces, amenity space and common areas using their smartphonesCoeoSpace’s concierge team is standing by, ready to assist brokers and co-working companies with anything they need to list their properties or upload their video on the platform. 
The CoeoSpace platform enables brokers and Corporate Real Estate executives to begin new searches for space, move forward existing transactions, and close deals—all 100% virtually.  

About CoeoSpace
CoeoSpace is an award-winning open data technology platform that uses scientific algorithms to match users to the perfect space in seconds. Our match scoring algorithms are based on what’s important to today’s companies such as team size, monthly budget, and property amenities/features. CoeoSpace is in over 187 US markets in the United States, Canada, UK and Dubai. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, CoeoSpace currently has staff in Pittsburgh and Chicago. www.coeospace.com 

For more information, please contact: 
Madison Nolte 
National Portfolio Director 

CRE Is Changing Fast—CoeoSpace Can Keep You Current

The way we transact business is constantly changing.

When I started working twenty-some years ago, many transactions were still conducted by mail—a client would sent out a request for information, the letter would take a few days to arrive, I’d spend a day or two preparing a response, stick a stamp on it, and a couple of days later, the client would have the answer. The whole process might take a week, start to finish.

But faxing was growing in popularity, and we bemoaned the way it made a more immediate response necessary. Was it really necessary that business be done so quickly? Didn’t it increase the chance of error?

Email was worse. We were expected to check it from home. Whatever happened to work/life balance? Was there no escape from the rigors of this profession?

Such concerns seem laughable in this era of instant gratification, when you can buy a car at 2 a.m., or swipe right on a potential date, all from the comfort of your own home. Hungry at midnight? Order from Grubhub and be eating tacos in an hour, or take an Uber to your favorite brewery. Want to read the newest Oprah pick? No need to wait for the local bookstore to open—purchase it from Amazon and start reading immediately on your Kindle. Need to know who won Super Bowl IV? Wikipedia has all the answers, and it’s as close as your phone.

With so much information available immediately, finding office space the old-fashioned way is much like waiting around for that letter in the mail. In the constantly-changing world of commercial real estate, failure to use current technology can leave today’s mobile professionals and businesses without the most up-to-date information on availability and pricing—and in a position that undermines their bargaining power.

CoeoSpace can help. Whether you are looking to find space or share it, CoeoSpace allows you to conduct real estate transactions in much the same way that you handle the rest of your life—on your own schedule, with immediate access to all the information you need to make your decision. CoeoSpace: commercial real estate, on demand.

Written by: Kim Pierson

for CoeoSpace